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Changing face of heart failure surgery.
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PMID:  22841256     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Heart failure is a serious disease ending with death if untreated. Although heart transplantation is the best therapy for end-stage heart failure, most candidates die in the waiting period due to the lack of donor organs. This condition represent a new era of heart failure surgery.
METHODS: We retrospectively investigated 159 patients from 1998 to 2011 with a mean age of 40.0 years (range = 5-65), who were mostly diagnosed as dilated cardiomyopathy (n = 113). After April 2007, 67 patients underwent vascular assist device (VAD) implantation surgery for acute or chronic end-stage heart failure. We performed 69 heart transplantation with 27 on VAD systems before transplantation.
RESULTS: Early mortality was 13.3% with 21 patients after the heart transplantation. The 67 patients supported with VAD did not experience an intraoperative death. The mean support time was 214 days (range = 3-1035). Twenty-four patients (35.8%) are still on pump support. The overall survival until transplantation or weaning was 77.6% at mean of 250.7 days survival reached 90% with Heartware (Hartware Inc, Miramar, Fla, USA) continuous flow pumps.
CONCLUSION: After the introduction of VAD in 2007, the overall picture has been restructured radically for heart failure surgery, reducing patient loss on the waiting list. Especially, since 2009 nearly 80% of donor hearts were used for patients on mechanical circulatory support.
T Yagdi; E Oguz; C Engin; Y Engin; S Nalbantgil; M Zoghi; M Ozbaran
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Transplantation proceedings     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1873-2623     ISO Abbreviation:  Transplant. Proc.     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0243532     Medline TA:  Transplant Proc     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1729-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Ege University Medical Faculty, Izmir, Turkey.
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